Travel tips during Ramadan in Bali06 June 2019
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which is celebrated throughout all corners of the world with the obligation to fast for one month from sunrise to sunset. If you visit Bali during the month of Ramadan, certainly you will be given the experience that you may rarely find in other countries or other places.
Bali as an island with a majority of Hindus and as one of the icons of tourism in the World, Ramadan does not fully influence our daily activities in Bali, but the atmosphere of Ramadan is quite pronounced.
Here are some of the things you need to consider while on holiday in Bali during Ramadan:
The real Ramadhan atmosphere in Bali
Although the majority of the population on the island of Bali is 83.4% of Hindus (http://bali.bps.go.id) the atmosphere of Ramadan in Bali is not as crowded as in other capitals in Indonesia. When breaking the fast the restaurant looks crowded not like usual days, because during the month of Ramadan the people are more interested in eating outside with family, friends, and colleagues. Many promotions and advertisements are offered during Ramadan so this attracts the people to shop.
The end of the fasting period will be marked by the evening Takbiran (last day night for a fasting month) as a symbol of victory after fasting for a full month. Seen the togetherness of the Muslims walking in the street.
Traffic density including land, air, and sea will increase significantly a week before the arrival of Eid al-Fitr. So you should avoid this period if traveling from Bali or to Bali.
Exquisite food selections during Ramadan
There are many various Ramadan Feast in Indonesia, including Bali. If usually Muslims offer fast-breaking dishes with dates and fruit. Fast-breaking dishes are served sweet and savory flavors combinations such as Ksteamed banana with coconut milk compote known as Ta’jil (the appetizer for breaking the fast) for sale. Various local or typical Balinese and International restaurants in Bali provide halal food starting from Asian, Mediterranean, European and Italian menus.
In the month of Ramadan, Muslims will wake up early morning around 4 o'clock to prepare breakfast and Sahur (pre-dawn meal) together, after that they prepare to start the day of fasting also do their usual activities. An attitude of respect and mutual tolerance was created joyfully on this month. Ramadan and fasting are aimed at controlling themselves from lust also to perfect the reward of fasting.
Unique on the day of Eid al-Fitr, Muslims will send each other local specialties to colleagues or neighbors of Hindus. After that even Hindus will exchange dishes on Galungan and Kuningan (Bali Hindu in commemorating the winning Dharma (good) against Adharma (evil)) holidays. The tradition of exchanging food during feasts is also carried out in parts of Indonesia to create a good and harmonious relationship.
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After the end of fasting, it’s time for Muslims to welcome the Eid al-Fitr after prayer Muslims will visit their hometowns and stay in touch with relatives and colleagues to forgive each other for the mistakes they have made. One of the precious moments in the month of Ramadan is that you can gather with your family to enjoy a holiday far from but like at home. During the month of Ramadan, there will be many great offers that will certainly make you and your family have a pleasant time.
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